MSNBC: Educating Ed on Abortion’s Racist Past, and Present

The most recent episode of “Psycho Talk” on MSNBC’s The Ed Show provided both the umpteenth example of the Left’s obsession with race and its simultaneous refusal to acknowledge the devastation the Left’s policies have had on minority communities.

The victim of the Friday segment – which ought to be renamed “Ed’s Daily Non-Sequitur” – was Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-KS. Tiahrt had the nerve to oppose provisions of socialized medicine that would force taxpayers to fund abortion. In the course of his argument, he asked if Barack Obama or Clarence Thomas would be alive if “free” abortions were available in their day. Ed sputtered, “Wow. With all the trouble Republicans seem to be having with minorities, why would you think only African-Americans are the ones who might never have been born?”

But the abortion lobby has targeted minority communities, particularly black women, from its inception. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider of abortion, was a committed eugenicist. According to her New York Times obituary, she sought to encourage birth control and/or abortion among “subnormal children.” records Sanger’s willingness to work with all who shared her goals:

In 1926, for instance, she presented a lecture on birth control to the women’s auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey. In September 1930 she invited Nazi anthropologist Eugen Fischer (whose ideas were cited by the Nazis to legitimize the extermination of Jews) to meet with her at her home.

Today, Planned Parenthood continues her malignant legacy. According to one estimate, “80 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority neighborhoods.” Black women now have the highest abortion rate of any ethnic group. While the white share of abortion fell by nearly 7 percent following Roe v. Wade, the black share of U.S. abortions increased 9 percent.

In recent years, Planned Parenthood officials in Idaho, Ohio, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and other states have been caught accepting donations from avowed racists contributing specifically to kill “a black baby.”

Although the calls were treated as pranks, this is standard operating procedure for the death merchants. Richard N. Goldman, “philanthropist” of San Francisco, has underwritten minority abortions on a far larger scale than the piddling $450 checks offered in the videos above. As I note in my book Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Radical Gifts:

In 2001, he awarded Planned Parenthood of Golden Gate $300,000 over two years earmarked specifically for “African-American women in East Oakland.” The same year, he donated $60,000 to the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights Education Fund “[t]o launch a Latino initiative to promote reproductive choice.”

Goldman carried forth Sanger’s agenda of limiting the birth of dusky people, blacks and Roman Catholic Latinos. (The Times obit revealed that Sanger’s “disagreement with the Roman Catholic Church led her to say in 1960 that if Senator John F. Kennedy was elected President she would leave the United States. She opposed Mr. Kennedy because of his religion.”)

In 2006, Goldman was selected to receive the Chairman’s Medal from the Heinz Awards, headed by Teresa Heinz Kerry — the wife of the Democratic Party’s last presidential candidate, Sen. John F. Kerry. Kerry’s awards literature extolled Goldman as a “generous global citizen whose heart eclipses even the magnitude of his philanthropy.”

But you were saying, Ed — Republicans were the ones having problems with minorities over abortion?

This story originally appeared on Saturday, July 18, 2009, on NewsRealblog.